We all know UBE guarantees funding up till the first nine years of education in Nigeria, i.e. from Primary 1 to JSS3. Assuming that has been achieved.
If you had the opportunity to exclusively provide funding to these post-secondary areas (technical colleges and polytechnics, teacher colleges and colleges of education, universities) what would be your priorities?
Mine are as follows:
1. Technical colleges and polytechnics: Nigeria has a serious dearth of skilled people. Shame for a nation that has so many people. Education for people who are interested in this area should be free and highly subsidized, and
2. Teacher colleges and colleges of education: After doing, next comes teaching. We need much more teachers. I would build a lot more public schools, and also fund teacher education, to be sure these schools have teachers.
3. Universities: I would mostly privatize this, and grant autonomy to the existing public schools, of course with firm guidelines in place. Nonsense ideas like post-UME would not be allowed, but I will encourage partnerships with corporate bodies, and allow them to charge whatever fees they like. I'll also audit them regularly , and grant only provisional accreditation for certain courses. Anybody who wants to go to university in my Nigeria, should pay for it. Of course, this should be adequately supported by government scholarships, bursaries, and student loans.
Let's know what you would do instead.